It Pays to Fidget
I was speaking with Dr. Rimmer about a participant in our group whose physician advised her to wiggle in bed. I asked, "Does this sound like an exercise prescription?" His response was, "Yes," and we agreed that any movement is better than none.
Fidgeting or what is called "non-exercise" activity may be beneficial for a person’s health if he or she is overweight. Researchers have indicated that some people who are heavier tend to sit still, while someone who is leaner has the tendency to fidget, pace, or stand during the day. One study suggests that a leaner person moves approximately two hours more per day than a heavier person who just sits.
Subsequently, if one’s health condition necessitates that he or she lose weight, or if one would like to improve his or her quality of life, perhaps the person could start by pacing, or standing on his or her feet while talking on the phone or watching television. Even if most of the day is spent in the lying position due to an illness or disability, one can wiggle, fidget muscles, or practice rolling over back and forth several times a day. This can add up if completed throughout the day and may help a person to reach his or her health goals.
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